Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Our Health Care Systems While Lowering Costs: A-Z

      Climate change not only negatively impacts planetary health but also is a significant threat to human health. Ironically, health care systems emit almost 5% of the world’s greenhouse gasses that contribute to the harmful effects. Because nurses are the largest group of health care professionals working across multiple settings, we are well positioned to take action to mitigate climate change within our organizations. In this article, the authors share strategies from A-Z that save money and lower the carbon footprints of health care institutions.
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      Janice Evans Hawkins, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, is a Clinical Associate Professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a Sigma Theta Tau International United Nations Liaison. Contact her via email at [email protected] . Dania Itani Mousa is a registered nurse in Los Angeles, California and one of Sigma’s United Nations Youth Representatives. She is also pursuing her doctorate in nursing practice. Dania is pursuing excellence in nursing practice through advocacy and leadership to make a difference in health worldwide. Kathleen Eviza, MSN, RN-BC is a critical care nurse at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia and United Nation Youth Representative for Sigma.